President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a Presidential Commission on the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He made the announcement during his State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening.
“To ensure that we effectively and with greater urgency harness technological change in pursuit of inclusive growth and social development, I have appointed a Presidential Commission on the 4th Industrial Revolution,” he said.
Ramaphosa added that the commission will serve as a national overarching advisory mechanism on digital transformation.
The commission will be comprised of eminent persons drawn from different sectors of society, he said.
“It will identify and recommend policies, strategies and plans that will position South Africa as a global competitive player within the digital revolution space.”
Liquid Telecom welcomed the news of the establishment of a Presidential Commission on the 4th Industrial Revolution.
“The Fourth Industrial revolution like Digital Transformation is on the agenda for every organisation in the country and also on the continent, we can see that education, skills development, jobs for the future are all being impacted by the proliferation of digital technology,” says Reshaad Sha, CEO Liquid Telecom South Africa.
“At Liquid Telecom we fully agree with President Ramaphosa’s decision to establish a Presidential Commission to explore the benefits of the 4th Industrial Revolution as we keep working towards our goal of ‘Building Africa’s Digital Future’.”